Making Your Dream Home Possible

Making Your Dream Home Possible

Making Your Dream Home Possible By: Ian Golightly MBA, Realtor Many people in history have proved by actions that anything can be accomplished if you put your mind to it. Martin Luther King Jr. inspired people across the nation with his ‘I Have A Dream’ speech in 1963. Today, that...

20% Home Down Payment Myth

It’s A Myth Requirement To Have A 20% Home Down Payment

It’s A Myth Requirement To Have A 20% Home Down Payment   By: Ian Golightly MBA, Realtor   Have you been thinking about purchasing a home but the idea of saving for a down payment is holding you back? You probably noticed that the mortgage rates are at an all-time...

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Joe Buck’s Home Goes For Sale At $3.3M

Joe Buck's Home Goes For Sale At $3.3M By: Ian Golightly MBA, Realtor 2-21-21 Joe Buck is an American sportscaster and also the son of sportscaster Jack Buck. Joe is recognized for his work with Fox Sports, which includes his role as a play-by-play sports announcer for the NFL and...

Real Estate Highlights And Why You Should Invest Your Money Into Real Estate

Real Estate Highlights And Why You Should Invest Your Money Into Real Estate:   Real estate has outranked traditional stocks, bank saving accounts, and even gold as the best long-term investment for the past 7 years. The housing market faces its own challenges like other sectors, but the stability of...

Selling Your Home On Your Own Puts You At Risk

Why Selling Your Home On Your Own Puts You At Risk

Why Selling Your Home On Your Own Puts You At Risk   By: Ian Golightly MBA, Realtor   Real estate agents have gotten a bad reputation throughout the years. When one negative experience occurs, it is easy to get caught up in the emotions with the idea that all real...

Working From Home

Working From Home? Realizing It’s Time To Move NOW

Working From Home? Realizing It's Time To Move NOW   Ian Golightly MBA, Realtor If you worked from home because of the pandemic or you've been doing it initially, you've probably had some thought if your home is suitable for the work demands. Luckily you are not alone! Many across...

40x net worth with homeownership

Owning a home makes your net worth 40x more than a renter

Owning a home makes your net worth 40x more than a renter By: Ian Golightly MBA, Realtor   I enjoy the fact that I have the opportunity to find a place for clients that they call 'home.' But I also like to be practical and approach real estate as an...

Home Equity Impact

Important Impacts Of Home Equity: 2 Most Crucial Ones To Know

Important Impacts Of Home Equity: 2 Most Crucial Ones To Know   By: Ian Golightly MBA, Realtor According to CoreLogic data, equity continues to rise to help homeowners secure a much more stable financial future for themselves and their families. Even though in 2020, the pandemic created uncertainty for many...

School Debt Mortgage

The Discouragement Of A Mortgage With Student Loans

The Discouragement Of A Mortgage With Student Loans By: Ian Golightly Suppose you’ve graduated from college or going to graduate from college soon. In that case, you may feel a little worried about your future living plans—commonly, many rent before they decide to buy for various reasons. However, there are...

Sell Your House Quick

15 To-Do’s If You Want To Sell Your House Quick

15 To Do's If You Want To Sell Your House Quick By: Ian Golightly If you’re thinking about selling your home or you are working with us to sell your home, there are some simple things that you need to do to ensure you have a higher chance to grab...

Increase Home Value

Increase Your Home Value With These 5 Easy Steps

Increase Your Home Value With These 5 Easy Steps   By: Ian Golightly MBA, Realtor Table Of Content: 1. Make Living Areas Standout 2. Break Down The Walls 3. Bathroom Upgrade 4. Don’t Forget About The Yard 5. Don’t Go Overboard To Where It Hurts The Wallet To Increase Your...

Moving? Eliminate Moving Expenses With These 4 Tips!

Moving? Eliminate Moving Expenses! By: Ian Golightly MBA, Realtor Table Of Contents: 1. Timing Is Everything 2. Shop For The Best Rates Locally 3. Go DIY and Pack Yourself 4. Get Tax Reductions Are you moving to your dream home or relocating across several states for a new career? If...

Disc Golf Destinations In The STL Area

    By: Ian Golightly The frisbee golf (disc golf) community is growing in the STL area. The sport of frisbee golf was invented in the early 1900s, and the first official sporting event was held in 1927 in Bladworth, Canada. Unfortunately, it’s not the game that we see today....

Fall Home Maintenance

Fall Home Maintenance: Preparing For The Next Season

Fall Home Maintenance: Preparing For The Next Season By: Ian Golightly MBA, Realtor Table Of Contents: 1. Do An Energy Audit 2. Replace Storm Windows If Needed 3. Stow The Lawn Mower 4. Spruce Up The Furnace 5. Invest In Gutter Guard 6. Small Exterior Fixes Can Make An Impact ...

Flood Zone And Why They Matter To Know In Missouri

Flood Zone And Why They Matter In Missouri

  Flood Zone And Why They Matter In Missouri By: Ian Golightly If you’re thinking about moving or selling in a flood plain, you’re most likely wondering how it does affect you. There are many types of flood zones, and each one brings different challenges. On the other hand, if...

How To Buy The WRONG House

A Guide To Buy The Wrong House

A Guide To Buy The Wrong House   By: Ian Golightly MBA, Realtor If you go search the internet on how to buy a house, you will find a flood of information on how to buy the ‘perfect’ house. With all the plethora of information, the amount of content makes...

St Louis City Museum

St Louis: Top 12 Things To Do

Top 12 Things To Do In St. Louis   By: Ian Golightly MBA, Realtor If you’re thinking about moving to St Louis or its surrounding areas, the natives of the area will tell you there are many things-to-do.  If you’re new to the area or just visiting, please use this...

a home warranty is just as important of having home insurance.

Home Warranty Vs Home Insurance: What’s The Big Difference?

Home Warranty Vs Home Insurance: What’s The Big Difference?   By: Ian Golightly MBA, Realtor Table Of Contents: 1. Introduction 2. The Differentiation From Home Insurance 3. Is A Home Warranty Just Another Added Nusiance Cost?    Intro:   If you are buying a home or selling a home, you...

Deciding Best Time To Purchase A Home Like The Top 1%

Deciding Best Time For A Home Purchase Like The Top 1%

  Deciding On Best Time For A Home Purchase: By: Ian Golightly MBA, Realtor If you're in a great position to where you have a down payment ready, Your credit score is superb, you have us in mind to help you with a home purchase, and you are about to...

Home Sellers Create A Fair Price With These 3 Tips

Home Sellers Create A Fair Price For Your Home: By: Ian Golightly MBA, Realtor   Table Of Contents: 1. Paint 2. Storage Space 3. Outdoors When you’re selling your home, it’s almost like buying a new one in some ways. Everyone expects not to get ripped off and want to...

3-Step Plan for Finding and Buying Your Next Home - Real Estate WordPress Theme

3-Step Plan for Finding and Buying Your Next Home

Chances are you’ve considered buying a home — maybe you even attended a couple of open houses and ran the numbers. But once you get serious, there are a few points you need to consider before signing a contract and heading to your closing. Buying a home takes more time...

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How to Set a Home Renovation Budget

How To Set a Home Renovation Budget   Ready for a kitchen renovation? Anxious about a bathroom remodel? The easy part is knowing your goal for home remodeling — whether you’re trying to keep up with your growing family, add office space, or increase your home’s value. But figuring out...

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The Counteroffer: Negotiating a Real Estate Deal

The Counteroffer: Negotiating a Real Estate Deal   Buying a home is rarely as simple as making an offer and paying that offer out. Negotiations can go back and forth for weeks before the seller and buyer are both satisfied. The vehicle for this negotiation is the counteroffer — a...

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Home Equity: 6 Smart Ways to Build It

6 Smart Ways to Build Home Equity Home equity is the percentage of your home’s value that you own, and it’s key to building wealth through homeownership. Let’s take a closer look at how to build home equity without blowing your budget — and how to access it when you need...

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Landlord Background Check: How-To With These 5 Tips and Win

How to Perform a Landlord Background Check   You’ve found the perfect new apartment or rental house. You love the neighborhood. Your application has been approved. You’re ready to sign on the dotted line, right? Not so fast. How much do you know about your soon-to-be landlord, property manager or...

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3 Reasons to Live in a New Home Before Renovating

3 Reasons to Live in a New Home Before Renovating In today’s market, many buyers forego fixer-uppers for move-in ready homes. As a result, significant opportunities abound in prime locations as homes that need work to linger on the market. In competitive markets, savvy consumers gravitate toward these homes that nobody...

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10 Things You Need to Do When Buying A Home

A home is often the biggest financial investment you’ll make in your lifetime. A recent Zillow analysis reports that the typical American homeowner has 40% of their wealth tied up in their homes. Several years ago, I wrote a complete guide to financial planning on one index card, which went viral and later became...

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Don’t Believe These 5 Myths About Real Estate Agents

Buyers and sellers often enter the market with misconceptions about real estate agents — how they work, how the process works and what the agency relationship is all about. It’s helpful to point out, without getting too far into the weeds, that in any one real estate transaction, there are...

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Buying a Home? Plan for These Hidden Costs

You’re excited because you just found the perfect home. The neighborhood is great, the house is charming and the price is right. But the asking price is just the beginning. Be prepared for additional — and often unexpected — home-buying costs that can catch buyers unaware and quickly leave you...